OAKLAND -- A man who police say shot his ex-girlfriend in the leg Tuesday morning in the Fruitvale district, then went on a violent carjacking spree and wounded another man he knows, was still at large Tuesday evening as police remained on high alert and warned the public to do the same.

Jamar Cleveland, 26, is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who sees him should call investigators or 911, said police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson.

The woman and an unrelated man, also shot in the leg, were both in stable condition Tuesday night, police said. Their names and ages were not released, but Watson said they appear to have been targeted.

The news of a gunman caused a lockdown at Oakland High School on MacArthur Boulevard when an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy came by the school with the news and officials ordered all students to go home about five minutes early and canceled after-school programs, said Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint.

Flint said he was unsure why the deputy came by as the school is miles away from where the crimes occurred. A sheriff's spokesman had not been briefed on the incident or the lockdown.

Police said Cleveland is wanted for three carjackings and holding at least one driver -- and possibly another -- hostage after taking over their vehicles, which is considered kidnapping.


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The violent spree began at 10:43 a.m. when Cleveland shot his former -girlfriend in the leg inside a house in the 1500 block of 39th Avenue, police said. Police said he left the house and then carjacked a vehicle in the 4000 block of International Boulevard about six minutes later.

The motorist was apparently held captive for a while before she was let go, police said.

Cleveland dumped that car, and at about 11 a.m., carjacked another vehicle at 105th Avenue and San Leandro Street, shooting the motorist in the leg during the crime, police said.

That car was later abandoned and a third vehicle was stolen at gunpoint shortly before noon in the 2700 block of 76th Avenue. No one was injured.

That car and the man have not been located by police. Police have not released a description of the car.

Anyone with information should call investigators at 510-238-3641 or dial 911 immediately.

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